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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book is fun, witty, and entertaining, and certainly will get you interested in playing serious checkers. But it won't help you very much.
The book mainly deals in a disorganized way with mid-game tactics and end-game situations. Interesting traps and shots are presented, along with problems that are too hard for most beginners. That's all there is; just a little about openings, for instance. I kept reading and rereading this book thinking there has to be more here, but I have yet to find it.
Read the book if you only wish to have your appetite stimulated, and then do your real study from a more complete book such as Reinfeld.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2013
Among other things, this book takes a well-considered swipe at checkers' image.

Images of rustics at the feedstore or of children playing checkers (draughts) do not stand up against images of elegant knights playing chess in some drafty castle. Chess's image is sophisticated; checkers' image is rough-hewn, homespun, simpletonish.
Some payers have excelled in both.

Granted checker's moves are simpler and easy to learn, but playing it well is anything but. Would critics of its simplicity direct such a critique equally to go moku or wei qi? (Different games with the same board and players.) If they know what those game are, they also know better.

This book will make a conscientious reader a devastating player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2010
This is not a primer on how to play checkers. What its main goal is to teach you to think out your moves to advance your game. I cant say it will make you a champion, but if you follow the authors guidelines you will develope into a better player.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
"Play winning checkers" has enabled me to do just that!!I've climbed to the top of the family checker ladder by applying what now seems like obvious strategy and tactics to my old lackluster game--thanks to Mr. Pike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2005
I got this book to help me explain checkers to my daughter. It has been a great help in explaining the moves and significantly better than the other three books I acquired. The attached checker board was a big help. The book is easy to read and follow. I wish I could have had this book when I started playing checkers!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2009
Since reading "Play Winning Checkers" I have seen a marked improvement in my win/loss record both at home and on the internet. I'm enjoying the wonderfull game of Checkers more than ever, thanks to the insights and tactics that this excellent instructual book has exposed me to.
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on April 10, 2015
The following two paperback books: Play Winning Checkers by Robert W. Pike and Win At Checkers by Millard Hopper really helped me win at the game of checkers. Prior to reading both books, my neighbor would win the majority of checkers games we played together. After reading and digesting the material within these books, my checkers improved to the extent that my neighbor continued to lose most every game we played and therefore, he is no longer willing to compete.
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on August 31, 2014
great book. some nice puzzles, not too tough for younger readers. Pike's love of the game comes through and makes it an even more enjoyable read. covers all the intro info a player needs and then touches on some good strategy and things to keep in mind for more experienced players. tons of great diagrams, this sets the book apart from several other checker books i think. recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 1999
Pike's book provides strategy's for the serious checker player, however, he omits opening strategies. Still, there is a lot of interesting information about the history of the game provided by Pike.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2000
I got this book the second day I started playing checkers. I am now a serious checkers player and can improve my rating about 50 points in one day! This book was really helpful to a player like me and I would suggest it to a friend.
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